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Jeremy Lane

Associate Professor in French and Francophone Studies, Faculty of Arts

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Teaching Summary

My teaching tends to focus on the culture, society and politics of post-war France. hence I teach on the first-year Contemporary France modules, deliver a module on French New Wave cinema at second… read more

Research Summary

My current research pursues two apparently quite distinct but, in fact, closely related strands. The first is an analysis of the reception of jazz in the French-speaking world between 1918 and 1945.… read more

Recent Publications

My teaching tends to focus on the culture, society and politics of post-war France. hence I teach on the first-year Contemporary France modules, deliver a module on French New Wave cinema at second year, and a year-long module on Ethnicity, Citizenship, and National Identity in Post-war France in final year.

I also teach French Language, currently on the core final-year language module.

I have taught sessions on Marxist Literary Theory on the French MA, as well as contributing seminars on the work of Pierre Bourdieu and Jean Baudrillard on the MA in Critical Theory.

Current Research

My current research pursues two apparently quite distinct but, in fact, closely related strands. The first is an analysis of the reception of jazz in the French-speaking world between 1918 and 1945. It focuses on two different but interrelated corpuses of works. The first corpus comprises the series of works of serious jazz criticism published in French over that period. The second corpus is made up of the poems and prose writings of those French intellectuals of colour who first encountered jazz in interwar Paris and who attempted to articulate the music to their various anti-racist and anti-imperialist agendas. This is the subject of my third monograph, entitled -Jazz and Machine-Age Imperialism: music, "race", and intellectuals in France, 1918-1945-. The book was published by the University of Michigan Press in their 'Jazz Perspectives' Series in July 2013.

My second current research strand looks into the political, cultural, and social effects of contemporary transformations in the French workplace. In this context, I have become interested in the work of André Gorz and of the group of thinkers collected around the French journal -Multitudes-. In September 2008, I co-organised an international conference on this topic, with my colleague John Marks, entitled -Work in Postfordist France-. A selection of papers from that conference has recently been published as a special number of the journal -Modern and Contemporary France, co-edited by John Marks and myself.

Past Research

My PhD thesis focused on the work of the French sociologist and anthropologist Pierre Bourdieu, attempting to contextualise his output in terms both of the particular philosophical and sociological traditions on which he drew and of the developments in French and Algerian society which his work analysed. My thesis was subsequently published as a monograph by Pluto Press in 2000. A second monograph, published by Routledge in 2006, looked into the practical implications and theoretical foundations of Bourdieu's political interventions, with particular reference to his outspoken criticisms of neo-liberal globalisation. By 2006, I had had quite enough of Bourdieu and was ready to move onto pastures new.

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